High court test of surveillance law could be ahead

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
President Barack Obama pauses as he talks about the the budget and the partial government shutdown, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in the Brady Press Room of the White House in Washington. The president said he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of

President Barack Obama pauses as he talks about the the budget and the partial government shutdown, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in the Brady Press Room of the White House in Washington. The president said he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of "economic chaos." (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Justice Department says for the first time that it intends to use information gained from one of the government's warrantless surveillance programs against an accused terrorist.

That could set the stage for a Supreme Court test of the Obama administration's approach to national security.

The high court so far has turned aside challenges to the law on government surveillance. The justices have said people who bring such lawsuits have no evidence they are being targeted.

The terrorism case involves Jamshid Muhtorov.

He was accused in 2012 of providing material support to the Islamic Jihad Union, an Uzbek terrorist organization that, authorities say, was engaging NATO coalition and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.


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